It’s cold outside, and that means it’s the perfect time of year to turn on the oven and make sheet pan dinners. Winter is the perfect time of year for these dinners for a couple of reasons. First, baking seems to help warm up the house. Second, if your kids are in school, and after school activities, life can get a little crazy. Sheet pan dinners are perfect because once you put everything on the pan and pop it into the oven, they pretty much take care of themselves. That frees you up to help with homework or whatever else needs to be done.
These five sheet pan dinners are so simple to prepare, that it’s almost as easy as takeout, but these dinners are much more nutritious, and more economical. The best part was that our family loved each one of them. I love when there are no complaints at dinner time.
Before I proceed with the recipes, I should tell you that none of these recipes were actually prepared using a sheet pan. Instead, they were all baked in a 9 by 13 inch baking pan. (I didn’t actually own a sheet pan until recently, and the one I have is a half sheet pan.) Nevertheless, these recipes are fairly quick to assemble, and once everything is in the pan, it goes into the oven where it is ignored for between 45 minutes and an hour. I like that I don’t have to tend to the meal every few minutes. I’m free to attend to other tasks while dinner takes care of itself.
Check out these Five Sheet Pan Dinners which we truly believe make perfect winter meals.
Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters and Potatoes is the first sheet pan meal I made for my family. I was so happy that this meal wasn’t labor intensive, and I was even more pleased when my family proclaimed that it was a keeper.
Roasted Onion and Mushroom Burgers with Potatoes are a great way to prepare burgers on a busy weeknight without splattering grease all over the floor. These burgers are baked from frozen, so this is a great recipe for when you forgot to thaw meat for dinner. Eating a burger topped with grilled onions always makes me think of warmer days.
Roasted Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, and Cauliflower is another recipe that starts with frozen meat. In this instance, it’s frozen, boneless, and skinless chicken thighs. Starting from frozen prevents the meat from becoming overcooked while the vegetables bake. I loved the colors in this recipe. The bright orange sweet potatoes and the purple cauliflower created a colorful and tasty meal.
Roasted Bratwurst and Potatoes is another nod to warmer days. Bratwurst are a favorite for grilling, so making these on a sheet pan is a perfect way to have a summer food in the dead of winter. You can serve the brats on buns with potatoes on the side, or you can eat them with a knife and fork. The choice is yours, but however you choose to serve them, this recipe will become a family favorite.
Oven Roasted Barbecued Chicken with Rainbow Carrots and Potatoes is probably one of my favorite sheet pan dinners. I love drumsticks, and carrots tend to become sweeter when they are roasted in the oven. The sweetness from the carrots, the starchiness of the potatoes, and the sweet and spicy flavor of the barbecue sauce on the meat is the perfect combination of flavors.
I realize that there are several chicken recipes here, but it’s a frugal protein choice.
Which one do you think would be your favorite? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
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